I’m very inspired lately, and it feels great. I use Pinterest a lot to keep track of designs and techniques I like as well as ideas for how to use beads that confound me. I love it when looking over the pictures sparks a design concept.
Recently, Kylie Parry posted a picture on her Facebook page of painted driftwood beads from the shop NatureScavenger on etsy. I was blown away by them and lucky enough to get my own batch of beads. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with any of them until I saw this pin of a simple necklace made with antique buttons by Galloping Pony Studio. Their business is quilts, but there is a post about several lovely button necklaces. I love everything about the photo, and I thought I could get a similar look with the driftwood.
I was going to use one more of the driftwood beads, but then decided I would like something heavier. While considering various options, I tried two art beads that happened to be sitting on my bead table. I ultimately decided on this double sided bead by Nancy Schindler Adams of Round Rabbit. Although it is actually a pea pod design, it also reminds me of seaweed which fits right in with the driftwood theme.
I think I am starting to develop a style. As I transition from my old techniques, I admire so many things. But this feels like me. Rough, natural beads combining with an art bead and fiber to make a simple design really pleases me.